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New date for Karen Smith Memorial Scholarship Concert

Published:Monday | October 3, 2022 | 12:07 AM
Ernie Smith is one of the artistes on the all-star line-up for October 9.
Ernie Smith is one of the artistes on the all-star line-up for October 9.
Gem Myers is ready to take the stage at the Karen Smith Memorial Scholarship Concert at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Gem Myers is ready to take the stage at the Karen Smith Memorial Scholarship Concert at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Jamaica’s late beloved songbird, Karen Smith.
Jamaica’s late beloved songbird, Karen Smith.
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A new date has been set for the inaugural Karen Smith Memorial Scholarship Concert.

The event, which was originally slated for Sunday, September 25, had to be postponed due to the inclement weather associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Ian. The fund-raising concert has now been rescheduled for Sunday, October 9, at the Vera Moody Concert Hall at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts starting at 6 p.m.

All the acts who were originally billed to perform at the event have committed to the new date. Among the entertainers who have given their time and talent gratis to this effort are Ernie Smith, Dean Frazer, Boris Gardiner, Desi Jones, Gem Myers, Jon Williams, Carlene Davis, DiMario McDowell, Peter Ashbourne, Pam Hall, Junior Tucker, Seretse Small, Dwight Richards, Keisha Patterson, Rosina Christina Moder, Maria Myrie, Charmaine Lemonious and Ozou’ne.

Karen Smith’s widower, renowned bass player, Jackie Jackson, and their daughter, Courtni, are also set to deliver a special performance for patrons.

The concert is under the distinguished patronage of former Prime Minister P J Patterson and will be guided by veteran broadcasters Fae Ellington and Michael Anthony Cuffe who will be the evening’s comperes.

The Karen Smith Memorial Scholarship Concert, which is among the activities to mark the 45th anniversary of the college, is being staged by Friends of Karen Smith and the School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships vocal performance students at the School of Music, as well as refurbishing and soundproofing one of the school’s practice rooms.

Acclaimed, award-winning Jamaican singer Karen Smith died on September 11, 2021, after battling colon cancer for a just over one year.